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Texas A&M College Station shooting: 6 shot in off-campus shooting

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This undated photo provided by the City of College Station, Texas shows Thomas Caffall, the suspect in Monday's shooting. (AP Photo/City of College Station)

Six people were shot and three were killed Monday afternoon, including the suspect and a Brazos County (Texas) constable, in a shooting near the campus of Texas A&M University, authorities say.

Brazos County (Texas) Sheriff's officials say that a constable and a 51-year-old civilian were killed, while two additional law enforcement officers and a 55-year-old woman were shot and wounded.

Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann went to the home with an eviction notice just after 12 p.m., College Station Assistant Police Chief Scott McCollum said. Thomas Alton Caffall, 35, who lived there, opened fire from inside, police said.

The suspect, who was shot during an exchange of gunfire with authorities during the incident, was killed as well, the Associated Press says.

The female victim was hospitalized in serious condition following surgery. One of the injured officers, Justin Oehlkee, was treated for a gunshot wound in the calf and was in stable condition, Seaton said. Two other officers - Brad Smith and Phil Dorsett, were treated for "shrapnel injuries" and released, Seaton said.

In an emergency alert posted to the Texas A&M website, the suspect was shot in the 200 block of Fidelity Street in College Station.

People were asked to avoid neighborhood, which is about two blocks away from the school's campus, during what officials called an "active shooter" situation.

Caffall's sister, Courtney Clark, says her family is "just distraught by the havoc he has caused."

Clark says her family is shocked by what her brother has done.

Clark added, "Our hearts and prayers go out to the families, and this is just a senseless tragedy."

She declined to say anything else about her brother or what might have prompted him to commit the shooting.

Diana Harbourt, 27, who lives about a block from where the shootings happened, said she heard five loud popping sounds from a back room of her home looking out her front door to see an officer park his vehicle on the street and crouch in front of another vehicle.

"We heard him exchanging some words with the person and then shots being fired," Harbourt said. "And then we heard more sirens and more officers and fire trucks came and they were keeping their distance, kind of slowly moving in. More officers showed up and told us to stay inside."

Officers, meanwhile, were dealing with losing someone McCollum called a respected colleague.

"Brian Bachmann was very close to everyone in law enforcement," McCollum said. "He was a pillar in this community, and it's sad and tragic that we've lost him today."

Bachmann worked more than 19 years in law enforcement, according to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education. He started out with the Hempstead Police Department before spending most of his career with the Brazos County Sheriff's Office. He had been a constable since January 2011, after winning election to the post the prior November.

In a February 2010 candidate profile in the Bryan-College Station Eagle, the married father of two said he wanted to bring "constables back to the community" by actively patrolling neighborhoods to discourage crime.

Constables are law enforcement officers similar to sheriff's deputies who are elected to serve in specific county precincts. They primarily serve warrants and official paperwork or act as courtroom bailiffs.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, an A&M alumnus, said at an event in Florida that his "prayers are with any of those that have been injured." A&M President R. Bowen Loftin issued a statement calling Monday a "sad day in the Bryan-College Station community."

College Station, with a population of just under 100,000, sits about 90 miles northwest of Houston.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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